Proper usage of 'more often'?

When we read an article on the internet saying that some Event X takes place more often than you think. What is in the mind of the author who writes this article? Does the usage of more often  implies that  

1.)the author thinks that readers of his article already think that the event takes place at a lower frequency level  

OR 

 2.)the author thinks that his audience might think that event never takes place , 

OR 

3.) both scenarios 1and 2 are possible? Similarily, can anyone tell what exactly the usage of more common and more often implies in day to day English conversations??

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  • 4 weeks ago

    Technically you could say that 2) is included since Event X does happen more often than "never." In real life if you were addressing one person "happens more often than you think" implies that you believe they think it happens sometimes. If you didn't you'd say something like "it does happen sometimes" or "it does happen even if you don't think it does."

    If you're writing to a general audience you obviously don't know what each of them thinks so it just means "it happens more often than most people think."

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    4 weeks ago

    Hey Yaash -

    While most will say your option #3 is correct - if you strictly go by the English language, only #1 is correct.

    IF the author assumed the readership didn't think event X ever takes place he would more than likely written something like:  'Not only does this happen.... it happens more often than one might think.'   OR  'Believe it or not, this has happened several times before and more often than one might think.'

    Hope this helps.

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